Some_girls_original_cover

I was lucky enough to find the original banned version on vinyl a few years ago, of course I had no idea there was a banned version or why it had been. Luckily for me the record store owner was more than happy to give a brief run down on the facts, and without a trace of condescension.

The featured females celebrities Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, and the estates of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe took offence to their images being given a slight drag queen make over and threatened legal action. If the macho boys from The Stones could have a laugh at their own dragged up images, surely a few forgotten actresses (aside from Farrah Fawcett who was riding high on the Charlie’s Angels wave) could have let it slide and left the cover as it was originally intended.

The cover was designed by Peter Corriston, who also designed the next three Stones albums as well, but for me with much less success. I’m a sucker for retro design and i love that it always allowed the use of a wide variety of typefaces, regardless if some were a little ugly. It also wasn’t concerned with stuff being too cluttered or busy.

It’s nice to see the design execution carried over to the back cover. Instead of blandly listing the song titles and running order, they are spread out amongst clippings of old 1950′s bra advertisments. The washed out colours used on both the front and back remind me of old magazines and books found wasting away in book exchanges. Considering the 70′s was the decade of the glammed Disco era, with even The Stones themselves taking a bloody good swing at it with ‘Miss You’, it was refreshing to see Peter Corriston didn’t follow the same trend and opted to take his inspiration from a few decades past.

back cover

cover 1
mick
back

Amended cover: Looks like a quick patch up job.v2

Who’s a pretty boy then. The cover photo used for the Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadows LP, Released around 1966.

drag

The Rolling Stones: Some Girls

Some_girls_original_cover

I was lucky enough to find the original banned version on vinyl a few years ago, of course I had no idea there was a banned version or why it had been. Luckily for me the record store owner was more than happy to give a brief run down on the facts, and without a trace of condescension.

The featured females celebrities Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, and the estates of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe took offence to their images being given a slight drag queen make over and threatened legal action. If the macho boys from The Stones could have a laugh at their own dragged up images, surely a few forgotten actresses (aside from Farrah Fawcett who was riding high on the Charlie’s Angels wave) could have let it slide and left the cover as it was originally intended.

The cover was designed by Peter Corriston, who also designed the next three Stones albums as well, but for me with much less success. I’m a sucker for retro design and i love that it always allowed the use of a wide variety of typefaces, regardless if some were a little ugly. It also wasn’t concerned with stuff being too cluttered or busy.

It’s nice to see the design execution carried over to the back cover. Instead of blandly listing the song titles and running order, they are spread out amongst clippings of old 1950′s bra advertisments. The washed out colours used on both the front and back remind me of old magazines and books found wasting away in book exchanges. Considering the 70′s was the decade of the glammed Disco era, with even The Stones themselves taking a bloody good swing at it with ‘Miss You’, it was refreshing to see Peter Corriston didn’t follow the same trend and opted to take his inspiration from a few decades past.

back cover

cover 1
mick
back

Amended cover: Looks like a quick patch up job.v2

Who’s a pretty boy then. The cover photo used for the Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadows LP, Released around 1966.

drag





51 Comments

  1. Wow. Like you, I had no idea there were two versions of this cover. I also never realized just how good this cover is, given that I’ve largely dismissed most of the Stones’ later (i.e., the past 30+ years) work. This really is a great design.

  2. bill wyman is a really ugly lady…

  3. Just for the completists, the advert that was used:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/davebelling/Downloads/photo#5128824217353609586

  4. I have the Rolling Stones album. great condition. does any one know what it is worth?

  5. Peter Corriston also designed the cover for Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti,” with a similar concept (East Village Tenament with die cut windows). Also to his credit is the Stones “Tattoo You” cover (among many others).

  6. I agree that Bill Wyman is a really ugly lady. Always thought this was a great design concept.

  7. There are actually a lot more than two versions of this cover. The type along the top that says “The Rolling Stones” was issued in at least five different color schemes (all variations on red, white, and blue).

    It’s probably also worth noting that the ‘banned’ version of the cover is only slightly more valuable than the amended (ie, faceless) version. You can usually find it in the five to ten dollar range, and it’s not really that hard to find if you look around.

    Awesome site – keep up the good work!

  8. Great cover.

    “Macho boys” from the Stones-?!?!?! I’ve heard them called a lot of things, but never heard Mick Jagger, one of the great androgynous dancing boys of the 20th century, get called “macho”

  9. There were six different versions of Some Girls and none of the photos are the people you think they are. There are, however, photos of the cover designer Peter Corriston, his partner in crime Robert Indiana, Eric Segal (author of the phenominal Love Story, and Laurie Gameral (the girl with faraway eyes). This album was a response for faraway eyes himself and is connected to Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture and Eric Segal’s Love Story. You can here Mick calling to Don Varga in the lyrics of the songs.

  10. This album cover came out in six different versions initially then was changed to the blocked out version. None of the photos are of the people that they appear to be. There are, however, photos of Peter Corriston (the designer), Eric Segal (author of Love Story), Robert Indiana (Peter Corristons partner in crime) and the “girl with faraway eyes”, she actually exists. This album is the climax of an incredible love story and ties to other albums: Exile on Main Street, Tattoo You (Mick is just waiting on a friend) and the current Bigger Bang.

  11. I have the original album + cover, both in great condition. I’d also like to know: Does anyone know what these are worth? Thanks.

  12. Heidi, don’t sell the album just hold on to it. You’ll know when it is time to sell!

  13. Slightly afield of this thread, but still concerned with Peter Corriston. As director of art for the Stones’ Tattoo You (1981), he utilized the work of Christian Piper modifying some photos given him by the band. The back cover features Keith Richards but can anyone definitively state the subject of Christian Piper’s interventions for the front cover (is it Mick Jagger – my thought, is David Bowie – others and wikipedia, or is it an anonymous woman -seems least likely)? As so many here seem to be well informed on all manner of arcana I am hopeful for clarification. Thanks

  14. I have a copy of this banned cover that is a Promo copy. It has the regular yellow lable on record however it has a Rolling Stone Promo sticker, a warning sticker to check contents before airing and a stamped promo- not for sale stamped onto the cover. Any idea what this is worth? Both are in VG+ -NM condition. I could not find this LP Promo in any Price Guide. Thanks.

  15. Great info – forgot the whole story. Bit more to continue the completist issue. My version is a USA ltd edition released at he time is lovely orange vinyl. Never seen another copy.

  16. I Have an Original Cover & Album Can Anyone Put a Value To This Album

  17. The LP may be dead, and with it the full-blown, over-the-top cover art that accompanied it, but there’s no reason why the latter needs to be buried. Not when the form continues to influence the way we traffic in pop culture, and certainly not when you consider the stories behind some of pop culture’s most controversial album covers.

    Case in point: Some Girls by The Rolling Stones.
    Back in ’78, when the Stones released their landmark LP, both punk and disco were at their peaks and the band basically had been written off as irrelevant. Well, as everybody now well knows, it was the writers who were really irrelevant. Some Girls not only went on to become the band’s best-selling U.S. albums ever, to this day it remains a staple of their live show. In fact, the Stones perform more tracks off Some Girls in any given night, than off any other of their many, many albums.
    But we’re here to talk about cover art, and the art that adorned Some Girls was not without some large controversy.
    Designed by Peter Corriston and illustrated by Hubert Kretzschmar to vague specifications issued by Mick Jagger, the album’s original artwork consisted of die-cut images of starlets in various states of wiggery and drag set along different color strips that, once the inner sleeve was removed, revealed some very surprising results. It was a bold imaging, equal parts Warholian mockery and outsider candor, which bitch-slapped the culture of celebrity.

    It was also perhaps the snarkiest album cover in the history of pop music.
    Unfortunately neither Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett or Raquel Welch were amused at their unsightly representations, and neither were the folks handling the estates of both Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, and each and every party threatened to sue. The Stones immediately withdrew the album, destroyed all the copies, and had it recast and re-issued without any images of the offended starlets.
    Too bad too, both for the aggrieved (who really should’ve had a better sense of humor about themselves), and for us, who were denied the wild-eyed commentary that affixed one of rock’s all-time greatest LPs.

    Now, for the first time since it was pulled from the shelves, the original artwork has been unleashed, as has a third and a fourth rendering from Corriston and Kretzschmar, neither of which ever saw the light of a record store. Like the cinematic efforts of Robert Frank and the Meisel brothers, the artwork exists on a continuum of collisions and collaborations which best represent what the Stones were all about; what they stood for then, in all their brashness, and what they stand for now, in all their legacy.
    In other words, the album goes with its sleeve. And while such sleevery seems to be almost antiquated in this age of instantania, it’s a refreshing reminder that once upon a time a band could stand for more than a song.

  18. As to Quint Gregory’s inquiry:
    It is Mick Jagger.
    Tatoo You / Art Direction: Peter Corriston, Artwork: Christian Piper, Photography: Hubert Kretzschmar

  19. All very interesting but let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Using terminology to ‘Front cover, top row picture 1′ etc can anyone identify the photos of ALL the people mentioned in the correspondence about this sleeve, please, especially the men?

  20. i have also have this album in tiptop condition… so did anyone know on how much its worth???

  21. Regarding value of the album: there are many variations in colour on the original sleeve as well as there being the ‘censored’ sleeve. Also there are couloured vinyls. As with all of this kind of stuff, the best thing to do is to see what they sell for on Ebay but check the listings very carefully for condition and for variants.
    Malcolm.

  22. i have the original record that was only released one day with the photos you are talking about that people were going to take legal action, no joke no lie do u think its worth ne money, no lie my dad is a big fan got the album when store open im tryin to see how much people would pay for this shit.

  23. I have an original “Some Girls” album never opened with the banned photos on the cover. Price tag on album says $5.99. Im willing to sell to best offer if value paid. The picture in upper left corner has a sticker covering it that says “Contains the Single MISS YOU”

  24. I have the original album + cover with the photographs of differents actrices of 50′ (Brigitte Bardot, Lizza Minelli, etc…)”Some girls” . I’d also like to know the price and if someone is interessing for buy this. Thanks

  25. does anyone know how much this cost?

  26. When the Some Girls album was released it came in various colors combos as well. I remember driving down the road in Orlando when the DJ on the radio started talking about the variations of the album cover, and stated the record company announced that the ones with the green stripe on top were the rarest. I immediately started shopping for one and found it for sale at the local K Mart. It also has all the prohibited photos. I don’t care what it’s worth, because it’s not for sale. It’s a part of my youth.

  27. Wow I cannot believe this but I have that album! I just need to know how much it might be worth to a true investor.

    Any suggestions?

    ~Stoked in Ohio~

  28. I have never been a Stones fan but man I love everything about the Some Girls album.Starting with the artwork,lyrics,music,sound and everything about it.Far Away Eyes is my favorite Stones song of all time and I just love the whole album.The albums are not woth much money but nice to have in any collection………BRAD

  29. What a fantastic cover for a fantastic recording. I didnt know that different covers had been available. A true work of art.
    Listening to the music on this album shows just how pop music is at it lowest ebb.
    RAP is CRAP………………

  30. You can buy this album for less then 2 bucks. I’ve seen the cover many times in record collections all over town and the most expensive copy was $10 at a record collectors shoppe. . Sorry to burst you moneymaking bubble but the cover is about as rare as a picture of myself.

  31. Hej jag har fått tag i Ett Album Some Girls som är i nyskick Både skiva och omslag, musiken intresserar mig inte, så vad tycker du jag Skall Göra med skivan? är det något Intresse från Andra av skivan?
    Mvh Bengt Svensson

  32. Ok, I was on this site two days ago, why can I now not see the full article?

  33. It's hard to part with a rare item like this. I also own the orginal cover in mint condition and would never put it out for sale. Some things you can't set a price on

  34. It's hard to part with a rare item like this. I also own the orginal cover in mint condition and would never put it out for sale. Some things you can't set a price on

  35. It wasn't the album cover that incited the recall, but however the lyrics. The original version of the title track said “black girls just wanna get f*cked all night”, and that didn't fly right with the American censors.

  36. ORLY! I can see why.

  37. i have a first edition of this album with original sleeve in very good condition can anyone give me an idea as to its value would like to know

  38. i also have an original edition can you give me any idea as to its value
    (ballpark )

  39. Anyone have a copy of or have heard the 23 minute long version of Some Girls?

  40. Does anyone know what a pristine copy of “Some Girls” is worth?

  41. Why has nobody Answered the questions posed regarding the value of Some Girls with LUCILLE BALL, MINELLI ETC on the cover? I see the question asked heaps, but not a single response. Alternatively, what site on the net can tell of the value of this particular cover and sleeve?

    Thanks…….. me.

  42. hey Lucy

    I think no one has answered as they don't know. We don't know either. You might need to call a record collectors shop.

  43. C'Est Que normale le vinyles HNE Rose Rouge

  44. This and the Supertramp 'Breakfast' cover rate as the best ever in album retro art. I don't know which of the two is better, as the ST Manhattan skyline made up of diner dishes is incredibly ingenious too. Both albums are amazing inside as well.

  45. I have two copies of this on vinyl which I assumed to be the original and the reissue but mine look different than the posted pictures. The inner sleeves look the same as these photos but the four bars across the front cover are in color not black and white as these pictures show. On my original album the $6.99 bar is green, followed by yellow, blue, and pink. On my reissue the colors from top to bottom are blue, pink, green, and yellow. The title is in red on both of my copies. Anyone know why?

    In the U.S. the original copies in VG+ condition are priced around $8-10, the reissues can be found for as low as $3.

  46. I have one in similar fashion to yours seymour…the same coloring you described.

  47. how many copies of the original “celebrity” cover went to print? the fewer there are out there the more valuable they are

  48. is the price bars in color or black and white on the front cover which one is original im looking for a price as well i have seen a lot of different coments about this record

  49. “Official Price Guide to Records” eighteenth Edition by Jerry Osborne says that an original version “with all the girls faces” in *mint* condition is $10-15. The modified artwork with “under construction” on it is $5-10. Slight wear and cut those prices in half.

    Any album like this that sold millions of copies does not typically fetch high dollars.

  50. Mine looks like the one shown, but the colors are very faint. Look more closely at the photo provided… the bars do have color. Top to bottom: yellow, blue, pink green.

  51. Damn, to think that the millions of McDonalds toys they make and they fetch more than this. And are much easier to store.

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